7, 2017 New
Weston to Brean cycle route officially opens today
long-awaited opening of a new cycle route between Weston and Brean
will take place today (Friday, July 7th).
Brean Down Way runs for eight miles from Weston Pier to Brean Down
Fort and provides walkers and cyclists with a route over the River
Axe for the first time via the Brean Cross Sluice, which also fully
opens this Friday.
route will officially be opened at noon by the Lord Lieutenant of
Somerset, Annie Maw.
means cyclists can now bypass the long, busy and often hazardous
Accommodation Road," said Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset
Councils executive member for highways and transport.
addition, the route is intended to increase tourism in the region
by allowing easy access between the two resorts of Weston and Brean.
That has been a long-awaited link for many residents and tourists
to the two destinations."
route also forms part of the long-distance National Cycle Route
33, which will eventually connect Bristol and Dorset."
groups who have supported the project include North Somerset Council,
the charity Greenways and Cycleroutes, the Environment Agency, Wessex
Water, Natural England, Somerset County Council, Sedgemoor District
Council and their contractors, Brean Parish Council, the National
Trust and landowners.
Greenways and Cycleroutes volunteer work camp built the field section
of the path and the Great Bird Screen of Brean and a
previous work camp built the 900-metre section approaching the sluice
on the North Somerset side. The screen protects birdlife roosting
grounds on the mudflats at Brean from cyclists and walkers who might
May, the final leg from the sluice to the beach at Brean was completed
in partnership with Somerset County Council and their contractors
final set of work has seen the installation of safety and security
fencing on the sluice. Other works are being carried out by the
Environment Agency to replace the sluice gates ahead of the opening.
These works have been brought forward a year to prevent the new
path from being closed again in the future.
total cost of the sluice works is £50,000 of which North Somerset
Council is paying £25,000. Works are being undertaken by Kingcombe
Aquacare and are due to finish in time for the opening.
Somerset Council has funded the project on the north side of the
sluice with £329,000 from the Local Growth Fund and Local
Sustainable Transport Fund.
for the south side of the sluice works totalled £250,000 and
was obtained through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development,
the Hinkley Point Community Impact Mitigation Fund and the Coastal
path will be used by holidaymakers wanting to travel between Weston
and Brean, and by walkers who want a safe route to enjoy the superb
countryside and coastal views around Brean and Uphill.
starts by the beach in Uphill, although people can easily start
along Westons seafront. It will take you to the National Trust
coffee shop in Brean Down and out to the wartime fort.
Grimshaw, the overall lead, from charitable body Greenways And Cycle
Routes told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's great that this path
is being unveiled - it's something that a lot of local people have
wanted for many years."
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